Impact Stories

The revitalization of Kennedy Park Project

“I wanted to help the community and teach my kids to learn to help others …” - The Hislop Family

The Revitalization of Kennedy Park project illustrates how partnering and collaboration can embrace and enhance an entire community. The Community  Foundation not only partnered with the  Campbellford/ Seymour community, but we also reached out to the communities of Hastings and Warkworth for the Playground Projects, truly making this a Trent Hills Collaboration! Read more>>

Sustaining a Cultural Hub: Aron Theatre Cooperative Inc.

The Aron Theatre Co-op, a not-for-profit co-operative, needed to sell $120,000 in Aron Co-op bonds in order to purchase the Aron Theatre, a well-known historic landmark in downtown Campbellford. On February 9, 2011, the Community Foundation Board of Directors made the decision to purchase $50,000 in bonds, bringing the total sold to $95,000. This in turn inspired the purchase of more bonds by community members. Within only two weeks of the public announcement of the Community Foundation investment, an additional $6,500 in bonds had been purchased by local families.

The Aron Theatre also needed to purchase and install a digital projector, as first release Hollywood movies were no longer going to be available in the old acetate film format. Also, with a new digital projector, the Theatre could show satellite-streamed sports events, symphonies, live theatre and other events to create new and important revenue streams. The Community Foundation provided a grant for 50% of the funding almost $37,000 towards the digital projector. The Ontario Trillium Foundation was approached and the Aron Theatre Co-operative Inc. received a grant for the other 50% to make the $74,000 digital projector purchase.

Since then, the Community Foundation has provided grants for other Aron Theatre projects - the restoration of the marquee with LED lights, sound insulation, upgrades to the washrooms, as well as a youth marketing position and a Movies for Schools curriculum.

By investing in the Aron Theatre Co-op, we know that we will be able to retain this important community asset and keep alive the long-term vision of making the Aron Theatre a sustainable arts and cultural hub.

Building On Our Natural Legacy: Crowe Bridge Conservation Area

Crowe Bridge conservation area

In 2008, the Friends of Crowe Bridge Park, in partnership with Crowe Valley Conservation Authority, received a grant of $15,0000 to complete a consultant report to develop a 5-year management, rehabilitation, and long-term sustainability plan for the Crowe Bridge Conservation Area.

In 2010, they once again partnered with the Crowe Valley Conservation Authority on a $5,000 grant for a trail study.  The aim of the study was to guide the improvement of the CBCA, in particular it’s trails, environmental integrity and recreational quality, and was completed by Trent University Trail Studies Unit.

That year the Municipality of Trent Hills signed a 10-year lease with the Crowe Valley Conservation Authority to operate Crowe Bridge Park. The Municipality provided $5,000 in grant funding from the Municipal Fund for signage, picnic tables and swimming area enhancement.